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La nuit Bengali (1988)

A British engineer becomes entangled in a forbidden romance with his Indian employer's eldest daughter. As their passion ignites, the East-meets-West clash of cultures leads to surprising ... See full summary »

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Nicolas Klotz
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hugh Grant ... Allan
Shabana Azmi ... Indira Sen
Supriya Pathak ... Gayatri
John Hurt ... Lucien Metz
Soumitra Chatterjee ... Narendra Sen
Anne Brochet ... Guertie
Pierre-Loup Rajot Pierre-Loup Rajot ... Harold
Elisabeth Perceval Elisabeth Perceval ... Norinne
Anjan Dutt ... Khokha
Poornima Pathwardhan Poornima Pathwardhan ... Lilou
Steve Potts Steve Potts ... Steve
Utpal Dutt ... The Priest
Srirupa Chatterjee Srirupa Chatterjee ... Supriya
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A British engineer becomes entangled in a forbidden romance with his Indian employer's eldest daughter. As their passion ignites, the East-meets-West clash of cultures leads to surprising and tragic consequences.

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Country:

France | Switzerland | UK

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

26 October 1988 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

As Noites de Bengali See more »

Filming Locations:

India See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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One of several mid to late 1980s period films featuring Hugh Grant. The movies include: this movie, Maurice (1987), The Dawning (1988), White Mischief (1987), Champagne Charlie (1989), Rowing with the Wind (1988), The Lair of the White Worm (1988), and The Lady and the Highwayman (1989). See more »

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You must read the book
13 February 2010 | by susanaferencSee all my reviews

I accidentally stumbled upon this film. I didn't know there was a movie based on one of my favourite books. I read the book twice, and i could still read it a hundred times.

The film is very succinct, presents the main events, but shows very little of the feelings and inner thoughts of the characters, and of the Indian culture and philosophy. The book is much more introspective, deep and painful to read. The book is based on a true story. Mircea Eliade (Allan in the book/movie), a very famous Romanian philosopher (who also wrote the first History of Religions) travels to India in order to discover its culture. There he meets the love of his life, Maytreyi (Gaytri) but the cultural gap between western and eastern civilization gets in their way. The romance ends very badly, leading the two to extreme sufferance.

After many years, Maytreyi and Eliade both become very important writers, and they accidentally meet at a conference. After this event, Maytreyi writes a book with her side of the story.

I liked the casting very much of this movie, but the director could have done much more justice to such a painful romance.


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